Russian tourist numbers to Turkey continue to rise

Published on : Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Notwithstanding the precautions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic the number of Russian tourists looking to vacation in Turkey has been moving northward, the Association of Tour Operators in Russia (ATOR) said in a statement Monday.

In the statement, ATOR also emphasised that Turkey will be the leading destination abroad for Russian tourists.

“According to information from the tour operators, the flow of Russian tourists to Turkey in September may be even better than the month of August. Once the psychological threshold regarding the second wave of the pandemic passes, tourists will catch up with summer in Turkey,” the organisation added.

Turkey was by far the most popular country to visit for Russians last year, with nearly seven million visiting the country.

As Turkey’s tourism capital southern Antalya province continues to host tourists, even during the ongoing pandemic.

The resort city that is famous for its beaches, sunny weather, historical attractions and natural beauty has seen a recent increase in tourist numbers.

According to information by news agencies, the city has seen a steady increase in tourist numbers since July.

Under the coordination of the Culture and Tourism Ministry, the “Safe Tourism Certification Program” has helped ease concerns for tourists and drawn many more of them as Turkish authorities provided visitors a safe vacation with strict precautions in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Antalya has attracted over 1,883,900 foreign tourists between Jan. 1 and Sept. 10.

Russia takes the lead in tourist numbers, followed by Ukraine and then Germany.

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